The Toy Industry Association and other organizations such as the American Chemistry Council, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Apparel and Footwear Association, and the Personal Care Products Association are calling for companies across the country to alert Connecticut state legislators that a proposed bill could be very costly for stakeholders involved.
The proposed legislation in Connecticut (HB 5130) would regulate five or more “chemicals of concern” in consumer and children’s products. TIA and other organizations argue that because their products are marketed in all states, they already support regulation of the chemicals at the federal level. If each state passes individual laws, compliance can become “unwieldy and very costly.”
TIA is also concerned because the bill “does not establish an appropriate hazard and exposure decision criterion and does not provide the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the resources needed to properly implement this chemical regulation program through a science-based approach.” The consequence, says TIA, is that immense testing and compliance burdens could be placed on product manufacturers.
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